Tayler James Scott…was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and still resides in his native country in the offseason…was originally selected by the Cubs in the 5th round of the 2011 June draft out of Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale, Arizona…grew up playing soccer and did not discover baseball until age 8…moved to Arizona in high school so that he could further his baseball career...took part in a 2-week baseball camp on LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY in June 2007 during a family vacation to the United States…also attended a camp run by Tom House in November that year.
Posted a career high in relief innings, going 4-7 with a 3.25 ERA (27 ER/74.2 IP) and 3 saves over 54 relief outings in the Milwaukee and Texas organizations…posted career highs in both SO/9 (9.2) and BB/9 (4.8)…began the season with Biloxi (AA) and had the 2nd-most relief appearances on the club prior to the trade…was acquired by Texas on 7/31, in exchange for RHP Jeremy Jeffress…assigned to Round Rock and allowed runs in 6 of 12 outings with the Express.
Finished the season in the Milwaukee organization after spending time in the Independent American Association… was released by the Chicago Cubs on 3/29 and signed with the Sioux City Explorers on 4/21…was 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA (6 ER/28.2 IP) and 32 SO/6 BB in 17 relief appearances with the Explorers... signed by Milwaukee as a minor league free agent on 7/4 and logged 24 relief appearances with Biloxi over the remainder of the season…was 0-1 with a 1.88 ERA (3 ER/14.1 IP) over 9 relief outings with Salt River in the Arizona Fall League.
Combined to go 6-3 with a 3.83 ERA (23 ER/54.0 IP) over 26 games/one start with Myrtle Beach (A+) and Tennessee (AA) in the Cubs organization…posted a career-best 8.0 SO/9 rate… opened season with Myrtle Beach and promoted to Tennessee on 5/30…was on the disabled list, 7/20-8/18, with right shoulder inflammation.
Started a career-high 26 games at Daytona (A+) in last full season as a starter.
Logged a team-high 24 starts for Kane County (A).
Named the 17th-best prospect in the Northwest League after compiling a 2.52 ERA (20 ER/71.1 IP) over 15 starts with Boise.
Pitched 3.2 innings with the AZL Cubs in pro debut.